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Life at Boomer Lake with Deb, Sunday March 31, 2013

Updated on March 31, 2013
Female Purple Martin
Female Purple Martin | Source

Purple Martins Have Arrived

Spring is officially here, as our birds have been coming in steadily for the season. The Purple Martin houses have been up for a while now, and Tuesday I saw my first martin.

Belted Kingfisher
Belted Kingfisher | Source
Belted Kingfisher with his Prize
Belted Kingfisher with his Prize | Source
Canvasback
Canvasback | Source

Belted Kingfisher

The male Belted Kingfisher wanted to squeeze out one more chilly day on Tuesday, so that was another bonus, along with a Canvasback that wanted to visit, too.

Great White Pelicans
Great White Pelicans | Source

Great White Pelicans

The Great White Pelicans were around the entire winter and made an appearance on the lake every couple of weeks or so, even went it was in the teens. The most that showed up during the winter were three at one time, and there was even a male in breeding plumage at one point. It is very unusual for pelicans to be around all year in Oklahoma.

Greater Yellowlegs(top), Lesser Yelowlegs(bottom)
Greater Yellowlegs(top), Lesser Yelowlegs(bottom) | Source
Greater Yellowlegs
Greater Yellowlegs | Source

Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs

The Greater Yellowlegs has been here off-and-on since Wednesday, and the Lesser Yellowlegs have also been around this week. I even managed to get the both of them together in one picture, so I couldn’t have asked for anything better.

Bald Eagle

On Tuesday, I was told that one of the Bald Eagles had been fishing at Boomer Lake, caught him or herself a fish, and ate it on a small island that we have had since the water level has been so low. I was able to get a time when this happened, so I saw the eagle for myself Thursday.

This was the day that all the birds were in complete and utter fear, except for the two Great White Pelicans. These birds are fearless, as it is impossible for a Bald Eagle to pick them up and carry them off. Not only that, our eagles seem to be interested in fish, which are quite plentiful in Boomer Lake. We have crappie, channel cats, and sunfish galore. So for those fisherman that want a good fight, do come to the lake and try your luck.

Anyway, the gulls were all in the air screaming for their lives, the poor little American Coots were along the shore, which is rare for them, and the Mallards were nowhere in the area. There were a couple of Canada Geese in the area, but then again, they are much too large for an eagle to fly off holding onto in the claws. There were also no songbirds in sight. At first, I thought that perhaps our area Red-shouldered Hawk was in the area, but when I passed by Gull Island, there was the big bird. At first I didn’t see it, but since the gulls and coots were still carrying on, I decided to take a better look.

Naturally, I had to take full advantage of this situation, and got several wonderful shots, including more than one in the air. So, do thank the eagle for the appearance, as he or she was very patient, especially with the group that was lined up on the west side of the lake.

Great White Pelican(top), Bald Eagle(bottom)
Great White Pelican(top), Bald Eagle(bottom) | Source
Bald Eagle in Flight
Bald Eagle in Flight | Source
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Canada Geese
Canada Geese | Source

Goose Island Rocks the House Down

Some of our wonderful old friends also gave some excellent photo opportunities, too, on other days, so I was also thankful for that.

Goose Island has been rather noisy as time goes by, and there have been a number of fights for territory, as well as females that have been claimed already. Many of the errors being made over here are by first year adults, but it doesn’t matter a bit to our seasoned group. A young male will not be cut any slack, even if he doesn’t know any better. He will soon learn the ways of the world.

Dogs Having Fun
Dogs Having Fun | Source

Fun for One and All!

I also managed to meet a couple of dogs having a good time, as well as their people. One of the dogs was quite exuberant, and felt like he should be going with me, but sometimes these things happen. I got a little wet from this yesterday, but I dried off quickly. All in all, it was a fun time, and the birds didn’t care either one way or the other.

Keep your head in the clouds and your eyes on the ground until next week. Happy birding!

Canada Goose
Canada Goose | Source
Male Mallards
Male Mallards | Source
Female Northern Cardinal
Female Northern Cardinal | Source

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thank you, Dragon. For more noteworthy material, see: http://debhirt.blogspot.com

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      Dragon 2 years ago

      What I find so inrinestetg is you could never find this anywhere else.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks, smw. That's why I write about it every week, as there is so much going on with birds here. It is a pretty important stopover on the Central Flyway.

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      smw1962 4 years ago

      What beautiful birds! I love this hub.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Maybe you'll get lucky and see everything that you need. Good luck on al that, and I am looking forward to seeing your hummingbirds.

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      precy anza 4 years ago from USA

      Yeah, I will! :) Already had uploaded the first photos on my Facebook. Going to share that here on a hub when they are ready to leave their nest. I just wish I could see their first flight since I'm only there for 4 hours (for work.) ^-^'

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Exactly, Naturezoom. The simple pleasures are the most beautiful experiences that there are. Savor them while you can, and take the time to regenerate through nature.

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      Susan Crowson 4 years ago from Texas

      Enjoyed the pictures and hub! There is something so special about wild birds-- maybe it's the fact that they are wild and live among us. The more we take time to discover them, the more we see.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Meldz! That was pretty amusing, eh?

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      Wow amazing pictures again. The great white pelican and bald eagle in one picture is really wonderful.

      Thanks for sharing. :-)

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      How wonderful, precy anza! You'll have to do a story on your birds. I'd love to see the pictures.

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      precy anza 4 years ago from USA

      Love than photo of the eagle on flight! ^-^' I recognized the yellowlegs! :) When we went for a morning walk in a beach, there was this bird that caught mine, and my mom's attention.... the bird is fishing! ^-^' The first time I saw one, and it was cute the way it runs toward the shore as the wave comes :)

      By the way, I had taken photos of the nest last week. And yesterday too. They're hatched now ^-^'

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Oh, you know it, Joanne! This is a fun series to do, and it acquaints so many people with the birds that I have that they might never see. This is actually an important lake on the Central Flyway. So much comes through here.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      This isn't the new lens yet, summerberrie. I'm still waiting for the uv filter to come before I take it out. Today is raining, which began overnight. I could rain for two weeks solid, and it still wouldn't be enough. I'm just hoping that the quiet Southern Cove will fill back up, as many birds like to rest there.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Peg! It really isn't a lot of waiting. Usually when I show up, the birds seem to come to life. Many of them know what a camera is, it seems, and just won't stop performing.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Carol! I never know what is going to turn up at the lake. It just amazes me how many I miss for every one that I do see.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Jill! It was sure enjoyable watching the dogs frolic. My greyhound passed a while ago, so it was good for the soul for me to stop a bit and watch. The kingfishers have personality and are never silent.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Connie! Yes, it is a bit choppy on the lake once in a while. We get winds of the Rockies quite often, which adds to the experience. So glad that you enjoyed the pics, and I have no doubt that the little ones will act up a lot more as the weather warms.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Deborah-Diane! I am having a blast. Thanks so much for stopping by. No telling what the birds will be doing for us next week.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Eddy! They're like my little clan surrounding me when I am out and about.

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      Joanne M Olivieri 4 years ago

      Oh, I am loving your series. The photos are spectacular! The geese in flight along with those gorgeous white pelicans and the Northern Cardinal are just amazing. Please keep em coming. Voted Up.

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      summerberrie 4 years ago

      Oh my! What Great pictures! You must love the new lens! The kingfisher is amazing. I still have not had one stay still long enough for me to get a good picture. What a wonderful productive day :)

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      Peg Cole 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Awesome photography. Your patience has really paid off in these great pictures, Deb. The Bald Eagle flying is absolutely stunning! The geese and Mrs. Redbird and the others are wonderful, too. Great work!

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      Carol 4 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

      I love this series! I will be sure to go back and visit them all. You have such different birds in your neck of the woods! I've never seen a Purple Martin and Cardinals are only seen in books! Thanks for a lovely half hour!

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      Jill Spencer 4 years ago from United States

      As always, wonderful shots. The belted kingfisher looks so comically proud! And, maybe because I love dogs so much, your day really sounded grand to me. All the best, Jill

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      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Hi Deb! The water looked a little choppy in some of those photos. Do you have typical March winds on the Lake? I loved the pictures of the purple martin, female cardinal and especially the bald eagle. I have to go to Pennsylvania to see them in person! The belted kingfisher and bald eagle in flight were awesome; and the colors on the male mallards are so beautifully vivid. Voted Up across the board and applaud your excellence once again ;) Connie

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      Deborah-Diane 4 years ago from Orange County, California

      Photography is such a wonderful activity, and it sounds like you are really enjoying it! Love the pictures!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Oh Deb another true gem. I can feel your love and you care for nature. I vote up and share;here's wishing you a wonderful day my dear friend.

      Eddy.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, girishpuri! Yes, it is a great lake, with so much to offer. I finally joined the National Audubon Society, so maybe I can go on a weekend trip?

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Kris! Good to see you. I did get a new camera, and right now, I'm waiting on a UV filter to use a new lens...

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      The most important thing that you can do, Jackie, is to have fun with it. Become one with your camera...

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      Girish puri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Beautiful birds, beautiful lake side and awesome hub, happy belated Easter, God bless.

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      KrisL 4 years ago from S. Florida

      Wow, Deb. I've noticed your Boomer Lake series, but now I'm going to follow it. Your photos are awesome . . . those white pelicans and the eagle, particularly.

      Sharing and tweeting.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Love the pics. Just looked at April's forecast and not one day is suppose to be under 70 so I am sure on cloud nine! I do want to get those geese coming in for a landing, my only real goal this summer for the birds. Do you ever wish you had four arms? lol I do sometimes or that two hands could control two cameras. I can't decide either to try for video and miss a chanced still shot! Oh, well it is going to be fun and I know you are at it no matter the weather! It shows too! ^

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Oh, it was a fabulous day! I dried off quickly, and nearly had a travel companion.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      The Cardinal is an awesome bird wish we had them over here, as always your hub makes me smile, and its great to see Spring has reached you at last, and the dogs seem to be having a great time even if you did get wet! lol!

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Alicia! The dogs were having a great time. We'll just see what April has in store for us.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a very interesting report, as always, Deb. It's great to see new birds as spring appears and to hear how the birds at Boomer Lake are doing. I loved the photo of the dogs, too.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      One of these days soon, Martin, it will take a little less time, then a little less. I hope that you were able to see some beautiful sights and smell spring in the air.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Isn't that always the way, Suhail? When I return from work, I sometimes see birds like a kestrel, and those that hang more in neighborhoods, but I can't take my camera to work, nor would I really feel safe with it there. Glad that you enjoyed the last segment.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Ah, yes, Bill, I understand. How about doing a piece on what is happening in your neck of the woods? If people did a few of these all over the country, it would give me so much information.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Jim, I would like to see another report from the ponds.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      whonu, I am so happy that you like the pics. The performances out there this week were utterly amazing. I never dreamt that the eagle would fly over my head and give me a number of wonderful surprises.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      As always, thank you so much for this.My wife took me out Saturday. It took 4 hours to make it too the corner.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 4 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      You have got some great pictures and write-up here. My humble opinion, there is some other raptor in the area too, perhaps a falcon for I think the birds you mentioned wouldn't be scared of bald eagles.

      Had two long distance hikes with K2 today, one early in the morning and the second late in the evening. Recalling your series on Boomer Lake, I was observing all the returning birds and their characteristic chirruping, alarms, territorial warnings, etc. Didn't carry my camera though.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Deb. Great week at Boomer Lake. Really love the photos, especially the Eagle, Cardinal, and the Canadian Goose in flight, great job. Seems that spring has yet to find it's way to New England although we have had a couple of decent days lately.

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      A wonderful visit with great pictures of that eagle. I need to work on getting one ready from the ponds.

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      whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

      Beautiful camera shots and thank you for your hub, whonu

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Glad that you came to visit, Billy! Glad to hear about the chicken coop, and can't wait to hear about the little ones.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Did you think I wouldn't come just because it was Easter? Silly you! As always, loved visiting with you on the lake. The Cardinal is a beautiful bird, isn't it? Love all the pictures, Deb.

      We got 75% of the chicken coop built today. We'll be ready for chicks next week. :)